We had the chance to talk with Sofyann Ben Youssef aka AMMAR 808. Mixing Gnawa, Targ and Raï North African music with electronic beats in a perfect balance to take you to a new zone, where you can imagine a different world influenced by a touch of Sci-Fi We could also chat with Sia Rosenberg, the creative person behind the amazing visuals they projected along the concert.
Many times trying to make it there but unfortunately other compromises kept us away from it… But this year, in the already 20th edition, we from World is Music will be in full presence to experience the joy of different musical traditions from all the world and to expand our musical horizons!
This festival, organised by the city council of Sines, is the biggest event of world music in Portugal and folkloric expressions of different societies. A true gem when it comes to speak about summer celebrations: 59 concerts from every continent and almost 2/3 of its program is for free, happening in different streets of Porto Covo the first weekend and in Sines the next week.
Lisbon, certainly one of Southern Europe’s cultural centers, is in constant movement. This can be seen, for instance, by one of the festivals that the city hosts this week in the famous MusicBox. We are speaking about Jameson Urban Routes, an urban music festival established 7 years ago that seeks to bring many upcoming talents and already known ones on stage, from an alternative background and without limitations in their style of music.
The 2017 edition of the Italian electronic and experimental music festival FAT FAT FATrun by the Italian collective Harmonized Soundsystem has again exceeded all expectations. From August 4-6 we experienced the mix of musical quality and an unbelievable setting between the historical piazza of the medieval town Morrovalle and a beautiful old farm site in Corridonia, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. This festival convinced in his only second edition with a high-end line up including the likes of the Yussef Kamaal Trio, Nightmares on Wax, Funkineven, the incredible Jayda G or the producer-collector Awesome Tapes from Africa. Continuing on this track it will be no wonder to soon find the FAT FAT FAT among the best-curated alternative electronic music festivals in Europe.
Already since 2006 the city of Bilbao is host to one of the biggest and well-curated independent music festivals in Spain: the BBK Live, rated the “Best Foreign Festival” at the UK Festival Awards in 2010 and 2011. Taking place in the Basque capital on the Northern Atlantic coast, the BBK Live is host to a wide range of internationally recognised artists and offers an eclectic mix between alternative rock, indie and recently an electronic music stage in the forest, too.
On its stages we have seen big names such as New Order, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Floating Points, Chvrches, Junior Boys, Four Tet, The Cure, Alt-J, Julio Bashmore or SBTRKT.
From July 6th – 8th you will have the chance to experience the 12th edition of this festival, and we assure you that it seems more than promising…